Series: Morning Dove Mysteries #1
Publisher: Acorn Publishing on December 1, 2017
Source: Review Request
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At twenty-three and with a notorious case under his belt, Emory Rome has already garnered fame as a talented special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His career is leapfrogging over his colleagues, but the jumping stops when he’s assigned a case he fought to avoid – an eerie murder in the Smoky Mountain hometown he had abandoned. The mysterious death of a teen ice-skater once destined for the pros is soon followed by an apparent case of spontaneous human combustion. In a small town bursting with friends and foes, Rome’s own secrets lie just beneath the surface. The rush to find the murderer before he strikes again pits him against artful private investigator Jeff Woodard. The PI is handsome, smart and seductive, and he just might be the killer Rome is seeking.
At A Glance
Started great, middle was meh, ending was good.
Murder on the Lake of Fire started off with a bang. I loved the murder scenes. I know, I’m weird. They were legit interesting though. The mystery stayed a mystery for me which was good. I hate guessing the whole plot before I should. There were some red herrings to throw me off which kept me guessing until the very end.
I felt like Emory was a hard-working and caring special agent/investigator. You can tell he had a passion for what he did. Jeff, the PI, was a quirky character, which was an interesting balance to Emory’s straight-laced attitude. Some of the suspects were odd, one was just damn creepy. Like he legit gave me the chills. The ending was exciting, even if it got a little infeasible in certain parts.
The biggest complaint was that I got bored for certain parts, but that may be on me. It’s always been hard for mysteries to keep my interest. The down time of investigating a crime is something I find interesting in some books and can’t stand in others. It didn’t really work for me in this one. But I think it stemmed from not connecting with the characters. I wanted more from Emory. He didn’t hold the book enough.
There was some romance between Jeff and Emory, which I liked. There was kissing but no details on the actual sex which works for this genre.
I think the bad parts mostly stood out because straight up mystery is not my usual genre. I did like the actual mystery and how it kept me guessing. I wish I could have connected with the characters more. All together, it was a good read.